Onaway United Methodist
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
A church with Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Pastor's Letter


Beloved Onaway/ Millersburg UMC families,

Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is truly risen!

Greeting during this Lenten Season where we spiritually focus on the meaning of Jesus' Cross and his deep love for us while preparing for Easter. May you and your loved ones find grace, peace, and hope in following Jesus from Lent through Easter.

Last Sunday, when I came to church, I saw a really beautiful sunrise and I shared a picture with you during the worship service. The season is finally changing to spring, which we have been waiting for, and we are also looking forward to Easter coming soon! I am excited for both Spring and Easter. Personally, I love this season of Lent even though this season is so much busier. This season leads me look back on myself in front of God and focus more on my relationship with Jesus and his love for me. 

During this season of Lent, we have discussed and meditated on the call of God - "Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12). It may give me a challenge and/or commitment in your faith journey. I hope that we can listen to God's call and invitation to return to God as we open our spiritual ears. I want all of us to see Jesus' love though the cross as we open our spiritual eyes, so that we can respond to God's call.

How are your Lent spiritual practices- "40 days daily devotions" and "giving up & adding up" going? Have you kept to it well? Sometimes these practices might  make you feel burdened or inconvenienced. However, we also know that these practices give us a meaningful and sacred time of Lent as we follow and remember the passion and cross of Christ. It can lead us to return to God and to deepen our relationship with God. As we remember the passion and love of Jesus, I hope you can have a special season of Lent with these spiritual practices.

Remember! Jesus Christ came into the world to give us eternal life; he was crucified to give us salvation, and after the third day was resurrected to give us hope. That is God's unmerited and unconditional love for all of us. Jesus' victorious and hopeful love story with his resurrection works in our daily lives and gives us the blessings of love, hope, joy, and faith. Also, I hope that we can live every day like it is Easter, realizing God's love, presence, and almighty power in our lives, so that every day is filled with the new hope and joy God gives us.

To remember the last week before Jesus died on the cross and to celebrate his glorious resurrection, there are special services for Holy Week and Easter. The following is the schedule of services and events.

Sunday, April 14th, Palm and Passion Sunday Service, at 9:30 a.m. in Onaway UMC
                                                                                            at11:15 a.m. in Millersburg UMC.
Thursday, April 18th, Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 p.m. in Millersburg UMC
Friday, April 19th, Good Friday Special Service at 7:00 p.m. in Onaway UMC
Easter Sunday, April 21st - Happy Easter!!! Let's celebrate Jesus' Resurrection!
                        Easter Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in Onaway UMC
                        Easter Sunday Service at 9:30 a.m. at 9:30 a.m. in Onaway UMC
                                                                                   at11:15 a.m. in Millersburg UMC.

I encourage each of you to participate in these services as fully as you can. If you are able to attend Palm/Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday, you will have a more meaningful experience of Jesus' last week before his death on the cross. And, don't forget there is Lenten Bible study every Wednesday (10am & 6:30 pm at Onaway) and Thursday (10 am at Millersburg).

May the Peace of our Risen Lord be with you. 
Blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter to all!

Pastor's Challenge:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
(1 Peter 1:3)

With HOPE,